November 27, 2020 - December 30, 2020
This annual tradition brings so much to the season: a stroll through Cosley Zoo, a visit with the animals, the sounds and sights of the holiday and time to shop for trees, wreaths, and decorations to deck your own halls. The festival runs from the day after Thanksgiving, November 27 through December 30. It is open daily from 9A to 9P with Christmas lights coming on at 3P.
Guests can enjoy a cup of hot chocolate while choosing a tree from a wide selection of Fraser firs, Canaan firs, Douglas Firs and Scotch Pines. The zoo will be adorned with animal themed light displays and trees decorated by local families, businesses and organization. The Wild Side Gift Shop will be stocked with a variety of unique gifts, including children's puzzles, games, holiday ornaments and gifts.
Admission to the festival is free, however timed entry reservations are required at cosleyzoo.org in order to comply with Restore Illinois Phase 4 guidelines. Because capacity at the zoo is limited, walk-up tickets will not be available. All guests must enter at their reserved entry time. Early and late arrivals may not be able to be accommodated. Face covering should be worn by all zoo visitors over the age of 2 when at least 6 feet of distance cannot be maintained between non-household groups.
Cosley Zoo will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year's Day and open 9A to 12P on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.